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Warehouse meeting in Fairview Township Canceled

Updated: Wednesday, September 25 2013, 01:50 PM CDT
Posted by: Lauren McLane

NEW CUMBERLAND -- The conditional use hearing for a proposed warehouse in York County has been cancelled.

The warehouse company, Goodman Birtcher North America Management LLC, withdrew the conditional use application so it can modify the site to lower elevations.

The meeting was scheduled for tonight at Red Land High School. In a letter from the company to the board of supervisors, the company said part of the site is located in a regulated zone for the Capital City Airport. The letter says the company has been working with the Airport Authority and determined the site plan needs to be lowered even more.

The proposed site is at the intersection of I-83 and Lewisberry Road, Fairview Township, York County. It's been a topic of concern for residents who are worried about all the extra traffic a warehouse like this would bring to the area. 

On Aug. 27, a public hearing about the warehouse became heated and drew hundreds of people to the Fairview Township Fire Company. Goodman-Bitcher, based in Australia, said at that meeting that it hoped to extend its North American operations to York County by building a one-million-square-foot building on acres of land along Lewisberry Road and I-83.

At that meeting, Troy Briggs, who works for the company, reported to the board and the public the warehouse would bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax revenue to the area, as well as plenty of jobs.

Members of the public questioned Briggs about who might lease the space from the company, and he said he didn't know. But Briggs did say the company wouldn't proceed with the $60 million cost associated with it if the comapny weren't confident in its success.

The August public hearing wasn't able to finish on time because of the number of people who wanted to speak. It had been continued to Sept. 9, and then was rescheduled again, but ultimately was cancelled because the developer wouldn't be able to rework the preliminary land development plans within the township's window of time.

The developer asked that the plans be withdrawn without prejudice, meaning it can re-file the modified plans with the board with no penalty.Warehouse meeting in Fairview Township Canceled

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